Does Lecithin Work?
Lecithin supplements are claimed to be beneficial for numerous conditions, but does lecithin work? Early studies suggest that the supplement probably does not work for gallbladder disease or Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also failed to consistently show that it works for lowering cholesterol. There is currently not enough evidence to prove the effectiveness of lecithin for any other uses.
As with most dietary supplements, lecithin is claimed to work for a variety of different uses. But does it really work? This article will address the effectiveness of lecithin for various uses, including:
- Liver disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- High cholesterol
- Dry or irritated skin
- Bipolar disorder (specifically bipolar mania)
- Extrapyramidal symptoms (certain symptoms, such as uncontrollable body movements, due to various medications).
One study has shown that taking lecithin by mouth may be effective for treating hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) in people receiving IV nutrition. However, this use is of limited value, since most people receive IV nutrition because they consume things by mouth (and would, therefore, be unable to take lecithin by mouth).
Early studies seem to suggest that lecithin probably does not work for gallbladder disease or Alzheimer's disease. Studies have also failed to consistently show that lecithin works for lowering cholesterol.
There is not enough evidence to know if lecithin works (or does not work) for bipolar disorder, dry or irritated skin, extrapyramidal symptoms, or any other use.
There is little evidence to show that lecithin really works for most uses. In general, this reflects a lack of studies using lecithin, although the few studies that have been conducted in humans are generally not very promising. Many of the claims about the health benefits of lecithin should be viewed with skepticism, until more research is available.